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Child trafficking: The political left’s silence borders on the outrageous…

 

In a previous post concerning the topic of human trafficking and the political left’s seeming lack of interest in it, The Motley Monk observed:

This iteration of the global war on human trafficking is doomed to failure. Fueled by their hearts and not by their minds, the very people who decry human trafficking can’t seem to figure out whose policies sent an open invitation for human traffickers to practice their trade in the left’s own front yard…at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

With that in mind, The Motley Monk overheard U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) state on Saturday’s “Fox and Firends” that a federal judge had accused the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of participating in human trafficking.  That statement caught The Motley Monk’s ear, so he did a little investigating, finding that Representative Gohmert was 100% correct. His source was an article over at Townhall.com, written by Katie Pavlich and published nearly seven months ago on December 19, 2013. The headline: “DHS Complicit in Cartel Human Trafficking of Minors to Illegals Living in the United States.”

Hmmm…isn’t DHS responsible to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

“But wasn’t that a long time ago?” many on the political left might ask.

Yes, it’s true that was a very long time ago.

Some might even protest: “What…does…it… matter…now?”

It matters very much now because DHS continues to participate in enabling cartel trafficking of minors, delivering them to illegals who live in the United States, and completing criminal transactions on behalf of illegal immigrants. This, despite a filing written by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on December 13, 2012.

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The case before Judge Hanen concerned Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, the mother of a 10-year-old El Salvadorean girl, who had been living illegally in Virginia after being denied legal entry into the United States in 2001. Salmeron Santos hired Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, a resident alien living in the United States while travelling to and from Mexico, to smuggle the girl from Matamoros to Virginia. Nava-Martinez was caught at a Brownsville, Texas, border checkpoint.

Judge Hanen wrote:

Salmeron Santos admitted that she started this conspiracy by hiring alien smugglers to transfer her child from El Salvador to Virginia. She agreed to pay $8500 (and actually paid $6,000 in advance) for these human traffickers to smuggle her daughter). The criminal conspiracy instigated by Salmeron Santos was temporarily interrupted when Nava-Martinez was arrested. Despite this setback, the goal of the conspiracy was successfully completed thanks to the United States Government. This Court is quite concerned with the apparent policy of the Department of Homeland Security completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States.” (italics added)

According to Pavlich, what’s going on is that illegal immigrants who are living in the United States are paying human traffickers connected to Mexican cartels to smuggle their children into the United States.  How so? Judge Hanen writes:

Although Nava-Martinez [the smuggler] was arrested and charged, the minor was delivered to her mother living illegally in Virginia by DHS, automatically making the minor eligible for the President Obama’s DREAMers program. Further Salmeron-Santos, who illegally hired a human trafficker to smuggle her daughter across an international border, isn’t facing charges.

The DHS officials were notified that Salmeron-Santos instigated this illegal conduct. Yet, instead of arresting Salmeron-Santos for instigating the conspiracy to violate our border security laws, the DHS delivers the child to her—thus successfully completing the mission of the criminal conspiracy. It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her. This DHS policy is a dangerous course of action.

How dangerous? In his order, Hanen notes:

  • DHS encourages parents to “seriously jeopardize the safety of their children”;
  • DHS policy enables violent drug cartels, undermines efforts to deter criminal activity or further violations and lowers the morale of law enforcement agents working to enforce the law on the border.
  • Aliens being smuggled are “assaulted, raped, kidnapped and or killed.”

Obviously, the people running and working for these cartels are not the kind of people who staff the local Catholic Charities office. Hanen continues:

The cartels control the entire smuggling process. These entities are not known for their concern for human life….The Government is not only allowing them to fund the illegal and evil activities of these cartels, but is also inspiring them to do so. These men and women [law enforcement], with no small risk to their own safety, do their best to enforce our laws and protect the citizens of the United States. It seems shameful that some policymaker in their agency institutes a course of inaction that negated their efforts. It has to be frustrating to those that are actually doing the work of protecting Americans when those efforts are thwarted by a policy that supports lawmakers.

Judge Hanen likens the logic of the DHS policy to their agents seizing illegal drugs or weapons from smugglers and delivering those drugs or weapons to the criminals who initially solicited their illegal act of importing or exporting those drugs or weapons. Judge Hanen concluded: “DHS should enforce the laws of the United States—not break them.”

Unfortunately, as the number of immigrant children smuggled illegally into the United States by criminal cartels has increased exponentially since Judge Hanen filed his brief seven months ago, the President of the United States has evidently done nothing to direct his DHS to cease from participating in cartel human trafficking of minors to illegals living in the United States.

How’s that for social justice?

Why hasn’t the United Nations, the Holy See, and the Catholic Religious Orders and Congregations—all of whom who have be uniform in their condemnation of child trafficking—protested and condemned the Obama administration’s policy? After all it tolerates—if not requires—DHS to be complicit in cartel human trafficking of minors to illegals living in the United States.

Perhaps their silence is simply due to the mainstream media’s blackout concerning Judge Hanen’s filing.

 

 

 

To read The Motley Monk’s previous post, click on the following link:
http://the-american-catholic.com/2014/06/25/human-trafficking-in-the-usa-wheres-the-catholic-lefts-outrage/

To read Katie Pavlich’s article at Townhall.com, click on the following link:
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/12/19/dhs-complicit-in-cartel-human-trafficking-of-minors-to-illegals-living-in-the-united-states-n1765920

To read The Motley Monk’s daily blog, Omnibus, click on the following link:
http://richard-jacobs-blog.com/omnibus.html

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The Motley Monk is Fr. Richard Jacobs, O.S.A., a Professor of Public Administration at Villanova University. His academic specialities include: organizational theory; leadership ethics; Catholic educational leadership; and, U.S. Catholic educational history. Check out Fr. Jacobs' daily blog at http://www.richard-jacobs-blog.com/omnibus.html.

22 Comments

  1. Begging the question – what is in this for the O Administration? It is not just getting more low information voters.

  2. Unless it is openly and seriously challenged the strategy used by all tyrants like Hitler and others which works until they are overthrown is if you control the public media you can control the public’s mind and voting habits.

  3. if you control the public media you can control the public’s mind and voting habits.

    They do not have to ‘control the media’. The Democratic Party is the electoral vehicle of the media and a half-dozen other economic and social sectors.

    Twenty-one years ago, The New Republic published an article with the title “Clincest” remarking on the web of social ties ‘twixt the administration, the broader Democratic establishment, and the press (with a special mention of the reporter husband of Judge Kimba Wood). The magazine presented it as something novel, not really present during the previous Democratic administration, and local to the social nexus around the Clintons. (Whatever you say about Jimmy Carter, a Washington establishmentarian he certainly was not). David Broder used to complain about newspaper columnists who had had positions in various administrations. Nowadays, the administration recruits its flacks out of the mainstream media, the administration’s patronage babies have first degree relations in the media, and George Stephanoplous holds court at ABC.

  4. “Begging the question – what is in this for the O Administration? It is not just getting more low information voters.”
    .
    Anzlyne: Ignoring the problem and keeping citizens unaware of the problen let’s Obama focus our money and our votes on his own agenda, much in the same way Hitler behaved.

  5. As Art Deco says, “… the administration recruits its flacks out of the main-
    stream media, the administration’s patronage babies have first degree relations
    in the media, and George Stephanopolous (sic.) holds court at ABC.”

    .
    I think the most egregious recent example of media and the (D)s playing footsie
    was last year’s hiring for the board at Wayside, a tech startup headed by then-
    Senatorial candidate Cory Booker. The new firm’s board included Twitter VP
    Katie Stanton, AOL executive Susan Lyne, former FEC Commissioner Trevor
    Potter, journalist Jeff Jarvis– and Andrew Zucker, the 15-year-old (!!!) son of the
    president of CNN.
    .
    Motley Monk, I can only speculate on why the UN, the Holy See and the various
    Orders and Congregations haven’t spoken out about this administration’s
    complicity in child trafficking. I’m not sure if the media’s lack of curiosity is
    a reason– or for some, just an excuse.

  6. The United States has long been recognised around the world as an enabler of human trafficking of the most deplorable kind.

    In 2002 a case that shocked the country was heard in the French courts. An unmarried couple acknowledged as th3eir daughters twin girls, of whom they were the genetic parents, born to a surrogate mother in California. The Procurator of the Republic brought an action for reduction/improbation of the acknowledgement. On 4 July 2002, the Court of Appeal in Rennes set aside the acknowledgement of the girls by their genetic mother, on the grounds that “the mother is she who bears the child and gives it life, by bringing it into the world.” In a parallel ruling, the Conseil d’État declared the girls illegal aliens with no right of abode. It was noted that Californian law takes the opposite view; a jurisdiction in which, as the Procurator of the Republic mordantly observed, there appears to be a thriving market in babies, bespoke or prêt-à-porter.

    This remark was, doubtless inspired by the fact that a similar case, again involving twin girls born to a surrogate in California, was also wending its way through the French courts. In that case, the French married couple who had employed a surrogate and who were, once again, the girls’ genetic parents, had been, perfectly legally, recorded as the parents of the twins in their Californian birth certificates. The French court pronounced a decree of reduction/improbation of the certificates and the girls were denied right of entry.

    Over a decade before, on 31 May 1991, a plenary session of the Cour de Cassation, the highest civil court, had declared the plenary adoption of a child “a perversion of the institution of adoption” when this is only “the final phase of an overall process designed to enable a couple to take into their home a child conceived under contract and requiring that child’s abandonment at birth by his or her mother.”

  7. Michael Paterson-Seymour: Surrogacy is total corruption of begetting new life, a new life, that parents and only the parents are entitled to beget. The total abandonment occurred when the life-giving parents contracted for a surrogate mother.
    .
    The child cannot be used to remedy a parent’s infertility. The child cannot be contracted out as merchandise (child labor laws) and disabused of its true parents.
    .
    In the case of Baby M, the child was awarded to the surrogate mother by the courts in New Jersey.

  8. Sorry, Baby M was awarded to the Stern’s giving the surrogate mother visitation rights. However the child was Mary Whitehead’s from her egg. The court argued that giving $10,000 did not cover minimum wage if the surrogate mother was paid.
    Abraham Lincoln said : “One man cannot own another man.”Buying, selling and contracting out human flesh, eggs, sperm and other body parts, like DNA, makes comodities of the human person’s body, without their informed consent
    .
    It is necessary to obtain informed consent of the individual person concerned and exploited. The child, Baby M, could not give informed consent until she was eighteen years old. That the court had to decide her life, her future is a crime in itself.

  9. Hello Motley,
    Silence? It seems to have gotten to the point where we can’t discuss immigration rationally within the Catholic Church, because one side has as its premise that borders exist and for a good reason, while the other side thinks borders should not exist and are illegitimate but they can’t say so directly so instead they cite Jesus without any limiting principle.
    Bishop Seitz is one who argues that the US should be to the Americas as the Rich Man was to Lazarus.
    Seitz says, Many today, when they look at public-policy issues, feel they need to separate out what their Judeo-Christian faith would tell them [as individuals?] from what they would propose for public action [by the government?] That should not be the approach for a person of faith.
    Seitz continues, Jesus is saying in no uncertain terms that we will one day be judged based upon how we have responded to the person in need at our door. Is it really a stretch to conclude that these desperate immigrants at our border are the Lazaruses of today? (Luke 16: 19-31)
    So, I will one day be judged as an individual by how I asked my government to collectively respond to Guatemalans at the border? So… I can go to hell for getting the answer wrong? As in, there is right and wrong? Seitz is bringing out the big guns here and he knows it, but without speaking to the premise of borders, and law. I feel like I’m trapped in a Les Mis performance and I can’t get out: Javert is a very, very, very bad man.
    But is it really individually virtuous for me to say “yes send them through!” and go back to bed, a thousand miles from the border? Perhaps Seitz should be calling on Catholics to take in one Guatemalan child each as their own, to feed and clothe and love and discipline them. Perhaps each Catholic parish throughout this great land (without borders!) should take in one busload of children this summer. And another busload. As fast as they can get here, I guess, fleeing violence in their homeland. Following Seitz’ logic, empty out Guatemala; bring them all here where they will be safe.

  10. One sometimes gets the impression that purveyors of social teaching think all the world is an ecclesiastical economy where no one has measurable out put and the whole business runs on donations.

    Households and enterprises produce and exchange. They assemble in societies which have bonds of affiliation. Social institutions (of which political institutions are a dimension) are present to adjudicate, keep the peace, and mobilize, something very difficult to do with random assemblages of people with a deficit of affection or frames of reference in common.

    A country is not a welfare encampment. Guatemala is not and the United States is not; the residents of each have to produce what they are able to produce with the technology and organization they have mastered. Common provision is a phenomenon within societies; no contrivance has emerged to make it work between societies bar episodic disaster relief. You know that, I know that, but our bishops do not know that.

  11. Art Deco wrote, “One sometimes gets the impression that purveyors of social teaching think all the world is an ecclesiastical economy where no one has measurable out put and the whole business runs on donations.”

    This is a fallacy that cuts both ways. One recalls that, in the 1950s, there were serious concerns, both in the UK and in the colony itself, that Hong Kong was being swamped by refugees from the mainland.
    A local UN official declared that Hong Kong could only survive through massive Western aid and the resettlement of the refugees elsewhere, the Press called Hong Kong a dying city, and the Foreign & Colonial Office entitled the lead chapter in their annual Hong Kong yearbook, “A Problem of People.”
    Today, Hong Kong supports a a population of about seven million people — more than five times the number the government declared to be Hong Kong’s optimum “carrying capacity” in 1954 and, so far from requiring foreign aid, it has long been one of the most dynamic economies in Asia

  12. Clinton wrote: “Motley Monk, I can only speculate on why the UN, the Holy See and the various
    Orders and Congregations haven’t spoken out about this administration’s
    complicity in child trafficking.”

    One Catholic bishop has been busy testifying before Congress & denying that US governmental policy has little to do with the influx of the poor illegal children immigrants into the US. See link below for more info.
    http://www.cdom.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Article_140439425913495

  13. Anzlyne wrote: “Begging the question – what is in this for the O Administration? It is not just getting more low information voters.”

    Liberal American truly have a self hatred complex. They believe and state through a myriad of means that America is the cause of all evils in the world –here in our own societies & in those abroad. America’s wealth and prosperity, in their thinking, has come at the expense of those who are down trodden in the world. From that frame if reference, as well as the redistribution of wealth/Communist framework, the downtrodden if the world have every right to come to America and take back what is theirs (what has been stoken from the downtrod by the US) by any means necessary. Liberals truly believe that they are doing the righteous and just thing by bringing these children here in this manner.

    Please note: just as the suicide of an individual is the result of self hatred…the deliberate suicide from within by the US is driven to a large degree by the overwhelming guilt liberal Americans feel for having a good life in our country that is not shared by others around the globe. Rather than work to improve the lives of the poor in other countries through legitemate Christian compassion, Liberals self hatred drives them to destroy their own society.

  14. Today, Hong Kong supports a a population of about seven million people — more than five times the number the government declared to be Hong Kong’s optimum “carrying capacity” in 1954 and, so far from requiring foreign aid, it has long been one of the most dynamic economies in Asia

    Hong Kong is less densely settled than the five boroughs of New York and less densely settled than was New York in 1949. It is a city-state which earns its living from industry and services and requires intense engagement in networks of international trade. Referring to a ‘carrying capacity’ would be nonsensical unless you expected Hong Kong to receive its caloric intake or its energy from domestic production.

    Your refugee flows would have been composed of Han Chinese and to this day 93% of the population counts as Han Chinese. I do not doubt that there are internal fissures within populations of ethnic Chinese, some of which may have generated alienation and irritation (say over vernacular language or confession or simply inter-regional rivalries). However, you still have an over-arching bond between host and migrant that is not present in the circumstances under discussion. Also, Han migrants to Hong Kong were participants in what qualifies as nearly the most rapid experience of economic modernization in human history. Guatemalans arriving at our border are arriving in an affluent society which has the growth rates of a country on the technological vanguard (i.e. slow growth). They are arriving in circumstances wherein they can be used as cannon-fodder in the social and political battles which have been taking place in this country over five decades.

    Guatemala needs to get its land titles in order, to make primary education and agricultural extension more prevalent and intensive, to scrape away mercantilist controls on economic activity, and to build and maintain a police force, a prison system, and a court system sufficient to establish a quantum of public order apposite for a prosperous and civilized society. Exporting its people to California is not a means to those ends.

  15. Art Deco wrote, “Guatemala needs… to make… agricultural extension more prevalent and intensive”

    Great care would be needed in such a very sensitive region. Akazul, a UK not-for-profit Community Interest Company, amongst others, is currently working to protect Guatemala’s costal ecosystem, where biodiversity is under threat, as it is in the area round Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands.

    The Holy Father’s remarks on forestry reported today are very much in point

  16. I want to write something that is going to sound very blunt. There is just so much hypocrisy over this issue, and let’s just ignore the U.S. political and religious leaders who are pandering and focus on our Latin cousins.

    It is unbelievable that so many people from Latin America, and in particular Central America, are sending their children north in this manner, especially when many do not support international adoption of their children. What does it say about them as parents? The best thing is ‘desperate’, but others less kind come to mind. Furthermore, what does this say about them as citizens of their counties? It says that they have decided their countries are failures, that their only hope for their children is to go to a better place, but they lack the humility to say so publicly and to do the only honest thing, which would be to get their leaders to apply for U.S. statehood. There are many options for them, but their pride keeps them from doing all but the trafficking. How sad!

    If I had the mentality of a Roman emperor (which thankfully I don’t), I’d let these kids into the U.S., put them in camps, teach them to deride those who abandoned them, give them arms and training, and then send them back to invade and conquer their homelands so they could have the chance to make them better. It might not be Christian justice, but by other measures it certainly would be.

  17. If I had the mentality of a Roman emperor (which thankfully I don’t), I’d let these kids into the U.S., put them in camps, teach them to deride those who abandoned them, give them arms and training, and then send them back to invade and conquer their homelands so they could have the chance to make them better. It might not be Christian justice, but by other measures it certainly would be.

    And that repairs Central American land titles just how? Enhances the prevalence of depth and schooling just how? Improves public order just how? Central America’s problems are the sort which require assiduous institution building, not regime change.

  18. “And that repairs Central American land titles just how? Enhances the prevalence of depth and schooling just how? Improves public order just how? Central America’s problems are the sort which require assiduous institution building, not regime change.”
    Thank you Art, for showing just why no one should think like a Roman Emperor. I couldn’t have done it better myself.
    I think my point on U.S. statehood stands. If, say, Honduras were to approach the U.S. and offer to enter the Union with the understanding that the U.S. will help it build the sort of institutions that work, it would be a more honest and effective means of “erasing the borders” that what we are currently doing. Heck, Honduras might just become the next nest for snowbirds. The economy might really take off. Honduran kids could move back and forth just like any other American kids. The only thing stopping us is pride.

  19. TomD & Art Deco
    If acting like a Roman Emperor meant introducing Roman Law, that would certainly solve the issue of land titles and much of commercial law, too. Many countries are signing up to uniform conventions on international carriage and even international sales and these are all thoroughly Roman.
    By the by, the first universal land registration system in the world (the Register of Sasines) was established in Scotland, under Civilian influence in 1617 and worked even with the complexities of a feudalised system.
    A modern adaptation of the Civil Law, like the Code Napoléon of 1804 or the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch of 1901, would be a good starter. Both Japan and Turkey introduced Civil Codes from Europe and they transplanted very well.

  20. I have spent extended periods of time in Honduras. One of my favorite visits was to a humungous! banana plantation/industrial site that provides the US grocery stores with Chiquita bananas. In order for those plantations to run successfully & turn a profit, the Honduran administrative leadership had to be replaced with American administrative leadership from early on. It was fine to have Honduran workers. It did not work to have Honduran administrative leadership. The Honduran culture as a whole has no sense of being on time/deadlines–and no one seems to get upset about it except us crazy gringos!!

  21. My point being in the comments above–there are huge cultural differences in the countries under discussion that impact their current poverty levels and their abilities to be raised out of poverty.

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